Ken Burns: Baseball

Ken Burns: Baseball

Ken Burns: Baseball

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release: 1994-09-18
  • Rate: TV-G
  • Episodes: 12
  • iTunes Price: USD 55.99


It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, the limits of legality, and the unfolding of the national pastime. It is history as witnessed from the sun-drenched fields of small-town America and the gritty, makeshift diamonds of urban sandlots. Here is the story of a nation at work and play. Here is your story. Experience it anew in ten thrilling “innings” from master storyteller and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.


Title Time Price
1 Preview - Back to the Ballpark 17:15 Just Season Buy iTunes
2 Our Game 1:53:07 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
3 Something Like a War 1:44:10 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
4 The Faith of 5 Million People 1:57:48 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
5 A National Heirloom 1:54:14 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
6 Shadow Ball 2:03:15 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
7 The National Pastime 2:28:29 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
8 The Capitol of Baseball 2:11:27 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
9 A Whole New Ball Game 1:54:01 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
10 Home 2:25:32 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
11 The Tenth Inning - Top of the Tenth 1:56:52 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes
12 The Tenth Inning - Bottom of the Tenth 2:04:24 USD 6.99 Buy iTunes


  • Well Done Series...But...

    By Smash cop berg
    Baseball is a well done documentary film and an enjoyable watch for fans of the game and non-fans alike. Anyone that enjoys history and/or documentaries will enjoy these films and needn’t know a thing about baseball. There is one qualifier for the above statement though. To enjoy Baseball, you must be able to do something that Mr Burns cannot do, which is to check politics at the door and objectively assess a topic without bias. Even the viewers least versed in politics will find it impossible to overlook Burns incessant inclusion of leftwing politics throughout the film. The individuals chosen to provide perspective on Baseball are nothing short of baffling. Noted liberals Doris Kearns and Mario Cuomo are two of the most featured commenters. While the perspectives are admittedly interesting and entertaining, the choices destroy the credibility of the series, reminding the viewer that the creator of the series has an agenda that he’s not even willing to attempt to conceal. Of course, the most blatant illustration of Mr Burns agenda and bias are drawn from the Bill Lee interviews in which Mr Lee dons a red hat with a giant CCCP on it. The series also devotes a disproportionally high amount of time to the Negro Leagues, however many viewers may find this welcome as the Negro Leagues are generally understated relative to their importance to Major League Baseball. A mistake which Mr Burns does not make. If a viewer can put on their political blinders and pretend that segments of the film don’t come off like nothing short liberal propaganda, then nearly all will enjoy the film. Even the most clearly biased segments of the film are still well done and entertaining accounts.
  • Why so much?

    By Deltaallstar08
    It’s a great documentary, but why charge $6.99 and episode and $55.99 for the entirety? I can go to Amazon Prime and buy each episode for $1.99. Typically Apple markup in price.
  • There are other teams, you know...

    By JediSense
    I enjoyed the old footage and series, but 90% of it is about the Red Sox and New York teams. Disappointing that the great history of the other teams were not covered as much.
  • Baseball is the greatest game ever created ..

    By MalcSharp
    .. and Ken Burns did a masterful job laying the foundation about the game. Even after 20 years it is a great thing to watch. Play Ball!!
  • Slanted View

    By Kdadams
    I love baseball and as such love anything that discusses it. But after watching the entire series I am annoyed that Burns spends so much time talking about New York teams and the Red Sox. Some teams are barely mentioned, if at all. Burns spends significantly more time discussing the Negro League than he does any team outside of New York or Boston. Remarkably slanted for a man that calls himself a historian.
  • I hate iTunes

    By Erick Peterson
    Great series, but why does iTunes not offer episodes one and eight? Apparently, they don't know. After days of trading emails with customer service, I found that they are not sure why episodes are missing. Also, they are unwilling to solve this problem. As soon as I can find an option to iTunes, I'm gone.
  • $7?

    By AWJ15
    At $2-$3 an episode I would easily buy most if not all of them, but $7 is simply more than I am willing to pay per episode. Too bad, because this series is fantastic and I would love to have it on my iPod. Stop taking tips from Barry Zito's agent and reduce the price to something reasonable
  • Where is the 7th Inning: The Capital of Baseball

    By bobroark
    'Baseball' is just what you'd expect from Ken Burns - a sweeping, touching, epic, insightful and engaging documentary on Our National Pastime. Even if you're not a fan of the game, you probably will be after watching this. It's that good. But where is the episode 'The Capital of Baseball' (the 7th inning), covering the 1950s?
  • Great films.

    I have innings 1 - 9 on tape at home, so I ain't buying this. But I always thought that the 10th inning was pointless.
  • Like anything ever made.

    By noahfense
    It starts with the true roots of of baseball. With that being as great as it is explained the origins of the game.Then it talks about Ruth and his true impact on how he was truly God like.Coming at the time baseball really needed him.They talk about Baseball as if it were a member of your family. "death in the family analogy is greatly talked with the Dodgers leaving brooklyn.Or when Ruth dies.The very under-rated Negro-leagues are talked about,and how Black ball players being kept out of white Baseball. Still had figures that influenced white baseball..It explains every decade from life outside of the game and what impact it has on the game.Some things are left out.some players are not talked about enough.The top and bottom of the tenth are great ad-on's.The writers and historians are great narrators of this whole masterpiece,and is what makes it priceless and timeless.Not only should every Baseball fan should see this.Which ownership is mandatory,but also any sport fan.Or any one who has a great deal of wonder of the foundation of the American spirit.